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SBVC’s 90th Anniversary Gala Raises $135,000 for Student Scholarships

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- On October 14, the San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) Foundation’s 90th Anniversary Gala brought hundreds of alumni, dignitaries and philanthropists to campus to celebrate SBVC’s 90th anniversary and to raise funds for student scholarships. At the end of the night, donors had contributed over $135,000 to help support programs ranging from athletics to music, as well as to provide low-income students with textbook vouchers.

“We disburse around $200,000 in scholarships to our students each year,” said Karen Childers, the foundation’s director. “The amount we have raised tonight has significantly exceeded our goal, so we are very excited.”

Augmenting the support raised by donors in attendance were two larger donations: $25,000 from Kitchell / BRJ and Associates and $300,000 from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. The latter contribution was earmarked for Valley-Bound Commitment, a unique SBVC program which grants thousands of local high-school graduates a free first year of college, and which the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has supported since the program’s inception in 2008.

“I am proud to be affiliated with this community treasure,” said Emmy Award-winning actress Lindsay Wagner, a former SBVC professor who was the guest emcee for the event.

The gala was held in SBVC’s newest and biggest building: its 3-story, 108,000 square foot Kinesiology and Athletics Complex, which first opened to students in August 2016.

For more information and pictures, visit www.facebook.com/sbvalleycollege.

Thousands take over the streets in San Bernardino and Rally for Peace

d398f335-6a88-444e-b694-7ef77c117418SAN BERNARDINO, CA-One of the largest marches and rallies in the history of San Bernardino will be led by faith-based, political, business and community leaders on October 22, 2016 in the wake of an unprecedented year of crime and an alarming increase in homicides.

Thousands will march from Ecclesia Christian Fellowship church, 1314 East Date Street, San Bernardino CA 92404, to Perris Hill Park, 1135 East Highland Avenue, San Bernardino CA 92408 in a 2.5 mile commitment that will bring attention to the need for jobs, education and healing.

After the 2015 terror attacks that left 14 San Bernardino residents dead and more than 51 residents killed this year alone, the city has had enough!

The march dubbed, the 1st annual Peace Empowerment Rally, spearheaded by host pastor Kevin Moreland, Worship in Truth Church of God and Christ, will focus on three things: the local economy, peace in local neighborhoods and unity amongst all people, religions and communities.

A job and health fair will be held at the event to provide hundreds of jobs from employers such as Amazon. The fair will also include free health screening, blood pressure and HIV testing.

Speakers will include, Congressman Pete Aguilar, 31st District of California, Supervisor Josie Gonzales, Pastor Joshua Beckley, Pastor Kevin Moreland, Terrance Stone Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy, mothers and fathers of homicide victims from Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino, Law Enforcement, and others.

Powerful Coming Of Age Novels With Life Lessons For All

LOS ANGELES, CA- Acclaimed Author Felecia Poolé, releases her thought-provoking Stormi Girl Series. These powerful coming of age novels have everything you could ask for, thrills, tension, and tender moments. They touch on issues involving sex, mental illness, suicide, and religion, just to name a few.

IN THE MIDST OF THE STORM: THEY CALL ME STORMI volume one, is a riveting story of a young girl’s journey through love, sex, and betrayal, and her fight to keep her sanity. NO MERCY: THEY CALL ME STORMI volume two is the continuation of the young girl’s journey through revenge, lies, and secrets.

Poolé gives readers a glimpse of how life-altering situations can push some teens over the edge. Stormi, the teenage protagonist, is trapped between the spirits of good and evil, but only one spirit can win.  

The author’s characters are skillfully developed and you are walking in their shoes as they blindly move through life. You are reminiscent of your life as a teenager and parent. You’re reminded of the lies that you told and of the secrets that you hold. These cautionary tales will cause many parents to pay more attention to their teens and their associates. Parents will see that being open and honest about their life experiences as a teen, may help their teen when confronted with tough decisions. Teens will learn that trying to become an adult to fast, can put them in situations they are not prepared to handle.

Felecia Poolé is a mentor with My Sisters Keeper, a non-profit organization for youth girls ages 8-18. She advocates and encourages mentorship. She believes everyone has a story that needs to be told. Her slogan: “You Don’t Know My Story” resonates in the hearts of women young and old. Her passion to inspire others has made her a sought-after inspirational speaker.

For more information, please visit www.theycallmestormi.com.